We achieve our Strategic Goals by implementing the following core areas of work, called Initiatives.


Disability Inclusive Development (DID)
We work in partnership with Disabled People’s Organizations to support governments and other development policies and programmes to be fully inclusive.

Inclusive Eye Health
All girls, boys, women, and men have the right to eye health. This includes people living in the poorest communities, people with disabilities and people facing any cause of marginalisation. Our work in Inclusive Eye Health priorities is in conjunction with the national programme for control of blindness and improving access to comprehensive inclusive eye health services.

Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)
Our CBID work pursues transformative change in the lives of people with disabilities and their families who live in poverty and face exclusion; at home, in school, at work, and in the community. Our community programme networks link people with disabilities to services and opportunities while facilitating mutual support and self-representation. Communities in which we work are accessible and have increased resilience to disasters both small and large.

Our CBID work supports community mobilisation and social support, livelihoods, education and health services by incorporating:

  • Inclusive livelihoods, ensuring that women and men with disabilities with low or no income have equal access to mainstream economic activities to sustain their livelihood through fair pay and decent work

  • Inclusive education, promoting equitable, quality, lifelong inclusive education provision for all with a community-based approach and a specific focus on girls, boys, women and men with disabilities living in low income settings.

  • Physical rehabilitation, strengthening health systems, capacity building of professionals in physical rehabilitation and corrective surgery, implementing physical rehabilitation projects, and supporting programmes of early intervention for clubfoot and cerebral palsy

  • Ear and hearing care, supporting the role of governments to provide all the services required – at community, primary, secondary and tertiary levels – by girls, boys, women, and men living with, or at risk of, ear diseases or those who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind

Community Mental Health
Our Community Mental Health work recognises the central role of mental health in wellbeing and quality of life. We work to empower communities and systems to promote good mental health, to recognise and address mental health needs and to challenge the exclusion of people with psycho-social disabilities.

Humanitarian Action
Supporting local partners and organisations of people with disabilities to prepare and respond to emergencies is CBM’s unique contribution in the field of humanitarian action. Currently, we have two projects in Odisha & Kerala as a followup to cyclone and flood.